Any one want to offer their recommendations for this? I want to make some books inexpensively, but nice, but editions of 5 and less (give aways, gifts), and later I'll make some way nicer (portfolio caliber). Please comment from experience, cuz I too can just google a bunch of hits. thanks !
I've used Blurb for printing and been quite happy with them. The book forms and the templates are good and varied. Most of the templates can be adjusted for your needs. If you are used to using Photoshop you can even extend the number of templates. You can download a profile so that your color will be right. The prices are reasonable. But for full satisfaction one should use a color controlled work flow.
You might want to look into www.shutterfly.com for what you have in mind. I did an album/book of a buddy's new property on Maryland's 'Eastern Shore' a few years ago and I remember I selected the best 20-25 images from about the 100 I took ever a Labor Day weekend and Shutterfly did a great job of turning them into a book. I don't recall the price, but as frugal as I am I doubt it was over $20.